While Jose Mourinho has to decide whether to start Wayne Rooney or not for the massive clash against Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp has one big decision of his own to make.
While his doesn’t include his captain, it’s still rather important as the German boss needs to choose who will play in goal for his side in the titanic clash.
Klopp brought in 23-year-old Loris Karius this summer and it wasn’t clear whether he or Simon Mignolet would start the campaign as the club’s ‘number 1’.
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However, Klopp was prevented from making a decision after Karius broke his hand during a pre-season. It meant he had no alternative but to play Mignolet in goal for the first few matches of the season.
Since recovering from his injury, Karius has started the previous two Premier League matches before the international break - against Hull City and Swansea City.
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But now, Klopp needs to decide which goalkeeper will start against Mourinho’s United.
Well, according to the Liverpool Echo, Klopp has made that decision and has opted for Karius.
Karius started during Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Swansea prior to the international fortnight but didn’t look too convincing in aerial situations. In the last minute, he failed to come for a lofted cross which led to a glorious opportunity for Mike van der Hoorn - who somehow missed.
However, Klopp has defended Karius and insists that he has spoken to the former Augsburg ‘keeper about that specific situation.
“It was only once (when he didn’t come off his line at Swansea) actually,” Klopp said.
“We have analysed that. It was only the last situation really.
“Whichever goalkeeper I choose unfortunately he will not be totally free of mistakes and that’s the way it is. That’s the game and that’s no problem.
“But it’s about giving the boys the best feeling and the biggest support to perform at their best and that’s what we do.
“My job is to create an atmosphere where single mistakes are not really important. That’s how it is in this case and we will see on Monday how my decision was.”
Karius has had an advantage over Mignolet after he - along with the back four of Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and James Milner - remained at Melwood during the international break.
That would have given Klopp and the Liverpool coaches the ideal opportunity to prepare the five for the battle they will face against United. And Karius obviously impressed in those sessions as he's set to be given the nod ahead of Mignolet.
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